Some investors rely on dividends for growing their wealth, and if you're one of those dividend sleuths, you might be intrigued to know that Excel Industries Limited (NSE:EXCELINDUS) is about to go ex-dividend in just 3 days. You can purchase shares before the 5th of August in order to receive the dividend, which the company will pay on the 12th of September.
Excel Industries's next dividend payment will be ₹18.75 per share, and in the last 12 months, the company paid a total of ₹18.75 per share. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, Excel Industries has a trailing yield of approximately 2.3% on its current stock price of ₹819.55. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether Excel Industries's dividend is reliable and sustainable. We need to see whether the dividend is covered by earnings and if it's growing.
Dividends are typically paid out of company income, so if a company pays out more than it earned, its dividend is usually at a higher risk of being cut. Excel Industries has a low and conservative payout ratio of just 15% of its income after tax. That said, even highly profitable companies sometimes might not generate enough cash to pay the dividend, which is why we should always check if the dividend is covered by cash flow. Luckily it paid out just 18% of its free cash flow last year.
It's positive to see that Excel Industries's dividend is covered by both profits and cash flow, since this is generally a sign that the dividend is sustainable, and a lower payout ratio usually suggests a greater margin of safety before the dividend gets cut.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Companies with consistently growing earnings per share generally make the best dividend stocks, as they usually find it easier to grow dividends per share. If earnings fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. It's encouraging to see Excel Industries has grown its earnings rapidly, up 49% a year for the past five years. Excel Industries earnings per share have been sprinting ahead like the Road Runner at a track and field day; scarcely stopping even for a cheeky "beep-beep". We also like that it is reinvesting most of its profits in its business.
The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. Excel Industries has delivered an average of 44% per year annual increase in its dividend, based on the past 10 years of dividend payments. It's great to see earnings per share growing rapidly over several years, and dividends per share growing right along with it.
From a dividend perspective, should investors buy or avoid Excel Industries? It's great that Excel Industries is growing earnings per share while simultaneously paying out a low percentage of both its earnings and cash flow. It's disappointing to see the dividend has been cut at least once in the past, but as things stand now, the low payout ratio suggests a conservative approach to dividends, which we like. Excel Industries looks solid on this analysis overall, and we'd definitely consider investigating it more closely.
Curious about whether Excel Industries has been able to consistently generate growth? Here's a chart of its historical revenue and earnings growth.
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